The Belgian Congo and the Berlin Act

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Clarendon Press, 1919 - Belgium - 344 pages
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Page 304 - All the Powers exercising sovereign rights or influence in the "'* 'aforesaid territories bind themselves to watch over the preservation of the native tribes, and to care for the improvement of the conditions of their moral and material well-being, and to help in suppressing slavery, and especially the Slave Trade.
Page 302 - Ocean from the parallel situated in 2° 80' of south latitude to the mouth of the Loge. The northern boundary will follow the parallel situated in 2° 30' from the coast to the point where it meets the geographical basin of the Congo, avoiding the basin of the Ogowe, to which the provisions of the present Act do not apply. The southern boundary...
Page 298 - Africa, hereby disclaims any intention, in ratifying this treaty, to indicate any interest whatsoever in the possessions or protectorates established or claimed on that continent by the other Powers, or any approval of the wisdom, expediency or lawfulness thereof, and docs not join in any expressions in the said General Act which might be construed as such a declaration...
Page 305 - X. In order to give a new guarantee of security to trade and industry, and to encourage, by the maintenance of peace, the development of civilization in the countries mentioned in Article I, and placed under the free trade system, the High Signatory Parties to the present Act, and those who shall hereafter...
Page 314 - And, as on the river itself, so there shall be collected on these roads, railways, and canals only tolls calculated on the cost of construction, maintenance, and management, and on the profits due to the promoters.
Page 315 - Any Power which henceforth takes possession of a tract of land on the coasts of the African Continent outside of its present possessions, or which, being hitherto without such possessions, shall acquire them, as well as the...
Page 302 - Zambesi to 5 miles above its confluence with the Shire., and then follow the watershed between the affluents of Lake Nyassa and those of the Zambesi, till at last it reaches the watershed between the waters of the Zambesi and the Congo.
Page 302 - The northern boundary will follow the parallel situated in 2° 30' from the coast to the point where it meets the geographical basin of the Congo, avoiding the basin of the Ogowe, to which the provisions of the present Act do not apply. The southern boundary will follow the course of the Loge to its source, and thence pass eastwards till it joins the geographical basin of the Congo. (3) In the zone stretching eastwards from the Congo Basin, as above defined, to the Indian Ocean from 5°...
Page 319 - That the arrangement resulting from the proposed negotiations shall remain in force for fifteen years from the signing of the present Declaration. At the expiration of this term, and failing a fresh Agreement, the Contracting Powers will return to the conditions provided for by Article IV of the General Act of Berlin, retaining the power of imposing duties up to a maximum of 10 per cent. upon goods imported into the conventional basin of the Congo. The ratifications of the present Declaration shall...
Page 318 - ... their inland frontiers. ARTICLE XCV. The powers shall communicate to each other, through the office at Brussels, and according to the terms of Chapter V, information relating to the traffic in alcoholic liquors within their respective territories.

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